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    What is the Whistleblower Act? 

    The Whistleblower Act, enacted by Washington State Legislature in 1982, encourages state employees to report improper governmental actions. The law makes retaliation against whistleblowers unlawful and authorizes remedies should it occur. 


    What is an improper governmental action?

    An improper governmental action is defined as any action by an employee undertaken in the performance of the employee's official duties which:

    Malicious or False Assertions

    Whistleblowers must file assertions in good faith. RCW 42.40.020 states that an employee must not knowingly report false, malicious or frivolous information, recklessly disregard the truth or omit relevant information. It states that the identity of any person, who in good faith provides information in a whistleblower investigation, will be given confidentiality..

    Personnel Issues

    The Whistleblower Act specifically excludes personnel actions for which other remedies exist. Excluded actions include: employee grievances, violations of state civil service laws, labor agreement violations, reprimands and other disciplinary actions..

    How to report an improper governmental action

    University employees, students or others may file complaints of improper governmental actions in the following ways:

    1) Whistleblower Program

    Current state employees may file a complaint with the State Auditor's Office directly, by completing the online Whistleblower Reporting Form or by filling in and submitting this printable form.  The form may be submitted by email to:  The form may also be mailed to:

    Washington State Auditor's Office
    ATTN: State Employee Whistleblower Program
    P.O. Box 40031
    Olympia, WA 98504-0031

    2) University Personnel

    State employees may also file whistleblower complaints with these designated agency officials: 

    Dr. Mary Cullinan
    Phone: 509-359-6362

    Angela Jones, J.D.
    Chief of Staff
    Phone: 509-359-6361

    Frequently asked questions about the Whistleblower Act

    Contact Information

    Office of the President
    214 Showalter Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6362
    fax: 509.359.7036

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